Drake Elm, also known as the Chinese Elm, has been used extensively in the urban environment for many years. Its favor with urban foresters is documented by being among the top urban trees recommended for urban plantings in the South and Midwest. The Drake Elm has gained this status because it is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, tolerant of heat drought and wind, thrives in an extensive range of soil pH and is a proven performer in restricted soil spaces.
The proven durability of Drake Elm is not as equally complimented by its natural growth habitat for the urban environment.The cultivar’s rounded canopy, which is often wider than it is tall, is formed by long arching branches that create a masterpiece of graceful charm and beauty extending to the ground.
‘Drake’ Chinese Elm, `Drake’ Lacebark Elm
Hardy Range: 7A to 10A
Mature Height: 40’ to 50’
Mature Spread: 35’ to 50’
Growth Rate: 20 to 30 years to maturity
Form: rounded to weeping vase shape
Foliage consists of small dark green leaves that disappear when the tree defoliates. Bark exfoliates
Soil: sand, loam, clay; acidic, alkaline; well-drained
Exposure: full sun